I received a gifted galley of THE TIGER MOM’S TALE by Lyn Liao Butler for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 7/6/2021
Rating: 3 / 5
THE TIGER MOM’S TALE follows Lexa, a young woman who is half Taiwanese and half white. She was raised by her white mother with a stepfather and a sister who she loves, but with whom she doesn’t always feel she fits in. She was able to get to know her father and his Taiwanese family a bit, but something went wrong and she no longer sees them. So when she gets news from her Taiwanese sister that their father has died, she is shaken.
This book takes on a lot of topics including racism, fetishism, and homophobia. The book begins with Lexa’s mom leaving her stepfather for a woman, something Lexa’s sister doesn’t take well at all. Her sister is also pretty negative when it comes to anything about Lexa’s other family. I think the author took a good look at Lexa’s feelings of being trapped between different worlds and different families and not especially feeling that she fits in with either, especially when facing racism even within her own family.
I did struggle with some of Lexa’s attitudes toward her personal trainer clients. One of her clients is a young woman who talks about how her father calls her fat and constantly insults her. Lexa’s response to that is to say he’s her father and she’d miss him if he wasn’t around which was very off putting to me. Yes he’s her father, but emotional abuse is abuse.
I enjoyed the dual timeline approach to this one. We saw what Lexa was going through in the present day and also slowly uncovered the mystery of what happened on that last summer when she was visiting her father and his family.
THE TIGER MOM’S TALE is out today!